With hawk ceramics you wont see much upgrade over stock. They do need to be bedded in following the hawk procedure. The cooldown aspect is very important.
As for "spongy" feel this is a debate that has been going on as long as there have been subies. Ss lines, brake flush, and good pads will all contribute to a better brake experience.
On my LGT when i was road racing it, i wore both brembos as well as stock calipers in the front and the pedal feel and braking abilities with all other factorsbeing equal, was very close to each other.
Hawk HPS or Hawk HP+ pads are Our street pads of choice.
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